Thursday, January 27, 2011

re-train older dog to pee - email query to Dr Sing

Hi,

EMAIL TO DR SING DATED JAN 27, 2011
I came across your webpage accidentally while looking for help.

My toy poodle (male) is currently 11 months old. He is trained to pee and poo inside his cage and he is not kept in the cage. However, he started to pee and poo everywhere since 2 months back. I tried re-training him to pee and poo inside his cage but failed. We have since keep his cage cos he has out-grown it and now we want to train him to pee and poo at 1 place. How do i re-train him to pee and poo at the correct place? Especially the sofa, he will jump up and pee there....he wont pee there again before we wash the covers but do so after we have washed the covers.

Your kind advice is greatly appreciated.


Thanks and regards,


EMAIL REPLY FROM DR SING DATED JAN 27, 2011

I am Dr Sing from Toa Payoh Vets. The dog has taken a liking to pee on clean "fabric" through his sense of touch. To re-train, confine him to a small area (balcony, kitchen etc) and leash him (be careful of strangulation) for at least 2-4 weeks. No other way if you have no time to take him outdoors or train him daily by strict supervision of elimination. Hope this helps.



EMAIL TO DR SING DATED JAN 28, 2011

Hi Dr Sing,

Thank you for your reply.

When you say confine him and leash him, do you mean to the place where we want him to pee/poo?



Thank you and regards,

EMAIL TO DR SING DATED JAN 28, 2011

Yes. In that way, he has a restricted area to sleep and eat which will be his clean area. He will go to a nearby area to pee and poop. Since most dogs are clean creatures, they will not want to soil the sleeping area. Leash restricts his area. A small room or bigger crate will provide the same function.

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